Marion Nestle posted some eye-popping information on her superb blog today.
In today's Dining Out section, The New York Times dedicated plenty of column inches to the history of the chocolate chip cookie, and topped it off with a decadent Toll-house cookie recipe.
Dr. Nestle dissected said recipe and calculated that each cookie (5 inches in diameter, no less) adds up to 500 calories. Eek!
FYI -- you would need to eat 10 Chips Ahoy cookies to reach that caloric amount.
Dr. Nestle also shares this historical tidbit:
"If you want to understand the vast change in the food environment that has taken place in the last 30 years, take a look at an old (1964 or 1975) edition of the Joy of Cooking. Its recipe for chocolate chip cookies calls for almost exactly half the ingredients of the one in the Times but makes 45 cookies."
Unless you exercise extreme restraint and self-control, chances are that whatever cookie you grab -- regardless of size -- you will eat in its entirety.
Let's face it -- no matter what the caloric content of a baked good, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who will only eat half of it.
My rule of thumb? Any cookie half the size of a standard CD can be eaten solo. Anything larger should fall into the "share with a friend" category.